What does the TV show Breaking Bad, the University of New Mexico and some high-tech private companies have in common? Hint: it’s not the elaborate plot for the comeback of Walter White. Believe it or not, they all are located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the city of culture, education and technology.
Residing as the most populous city in New Mexico with over 900,000 residents, Albuquerque is popular in both fictional and non-fictional worlds. As a setting for Breaking Bad and its prequel Better Call Saul along with other television and film, this large town located in the high desert of Central New Mexico makes for an entertaining vacation and exciting way of life on and off the screen.
From entertainment to education, Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico, the largest four year college in the state. The National American University, Trinity Southwest University and the Central New Mexico Community College are also located in Albuquerque making the city a place to be for education.
Along with colleges, the Albuquerque Public School is one of the largest school districts in the nation with over 139 schools in the area. As two of the major employers in New Mexico, UNM and APS provide Albuquerque with many jobs and learning opportunities for individuals and families around the state and America.
Lying at the center of the New Mexico Technology Corridor (what Forbes calls “a concentration of high-tech private companies and government institutions along the Rio Grande”), Albuquerque is home to the booming industry of technology. By becoming a regional tech hub, Albuquerque is growing into an area where major companies and emerging startups want to start and continue their businesses.
Sandia National Laboratories, a National Nuclear Security Administration research and development laboratory located on Kirtland Air Force Base, is a large institutions that aids the tech industry in Albuquerque. The Sandia Science and Technology Park, partners with the laboratory, offer a community of the fastest growing companies in New Mexico. This thriving technology zone is home to startups and Fortune 500 companies.
Whether its hiking the 16-mile Paseo del Bosque Trail, kayaking down the Rio Grande and Rio Chama or climbing the Sandia Mountains (located on the eastern edge of the area), Albuquerque has numerous outdoor activities. The Albuquerque Biological Park, which includes the Albuquerque Aquarium, ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, Rio Grande Zoo and Tingley Beach, is an environmental museum and one way to discover the many colors of the city from its active to educational side.
One of Albuquerque’s biggest attractions, an annual festival of hot air balloons called the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, attracts visitors from all around the globe. Spanning over nine days and 500 balloons, this event is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world.
Technology and culture thrive in Albuquerque, New Mexico establishing the area as an exhilarating and prosperous place to live.
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